Paradoxal is currently only available in the US (due here in the UK in October) so this little gem was sent to me by the lovely Beauty Judy. Regular readers may remember the fabulous swap that Judy and I did back in the autumn of last year, and we decided that seeing as there were a few things I fancied from America and she was keen to get her mitts on some UK brands, it was time we swapped again.
So. This definitely falls into the category of one of the hardest to photograph polishes ever. Those of you who read more than one nail blog will already be familiar with Paradoxal’s secret shimmer. At first I thought it was a myth. I wore this over a long weekend on a hen party in Belgium and it was only on the second day that the sun came out for long enough, and was bright enough for me to notice the glimmer.
Paradoxal applies beautifully and is perfectly opaque in two thin coats. You see it here with a layer of Ciate’s speed dry topcoat, as I know from experience that Chanel and Seche Vite don’t make the best of friends. On first appearance, this is a weird hybrid of dark purple, brown and grey. It is glossy and rich looking, and I absolutely love it.
My only complaint? The same as everyone else’s. Paradoxal chips like a fiend. Thankfully, I was talking to Scrangie on Twitter whilst applying this and she strongly advised me to take the bottle away with me for the weekend to be able to do quick and easy touch-ups. And how right she was. I had my first chip in less than 24 hours, and then it was just like Paradoxal gave up and started peeling away. By the third day, even with tip touch-ups, the thing was a mess.
So – my overall impression is that I absolutely adore the colour. I am a nail varnish geek so it makes me excited to see the shimmer as and when it elects to make an appearance. But even when it doesn’t (which is most of the time!), the basic colour is interesting and different enough to keep me entertained. As you can see, I struggled to capture the shimmer here but that’s ok to me as this is how it appears 99% of the time.
Like I said, I wore Paradoxal for four days over a long weekend away, and I have now put it back on again, a week later, as I was itching to wear it again. Unusual for me.
What do you think? Will you be splashing out on Paradoxal? Does it do it for you?